Uganda offers bounty for capture of 18 Vietnamese ivory smugglers

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Illustrative picture. PHOTO CREDIT: SHIPS & PORTS archive

The Uganda Revenue Authority on Friday said it has launched a manhunt for the arrest of 18 Vietnamese nationals over the smuggling of 750 ivory pieces and thousands of pangolin scales intercepted on Jan. 31.

The contraband with a market value of more than $8 million is the largest single seizure of ivory and pangolin scales the East African country has ever made.

The agency said that a reward awaits anyone with information that will lead to the arrest of the suspects whose photographs were published in a national daily on Friday.

It said the shipment, concealed in timber logs was headed for Vietnam, from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.




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